Posts Categorized: Pythian

Log Buffer #274, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

Technical blogging has become more than just a way to tell the world what technologists did. It has become a vibrant medium through which the tech bloggers are sharing their experiences and teaching the interested audience. It has become an enabling technology. This Log Buffer Edition encompasses such vibrant blogs.

Amazon Lures Microsoft Customers with SQL Server RDS

Until very recently, SQL Azure was the only solution offering SQL Server on cloud, Google Cloud SQL offering only MySQL, and Amazon offering MySQL and Oracle. Not anymore! The online retail and cloud solution giant is now offering SQL server as part of its RDS service and also added ASP.NET support for AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Error Installing Oracle VM: File “/usr/lib/anaconda/network.py”

I just installed 3.1.1 Oracle VM server on my sandbox for training purposes and faced the same issue I did when installing versions 3.0.3 and 3.0.1. I quickly found a workaround that worked for me. But as a follow up, I decided to search though Google and MOS in order to see if there has been any good development in resolving the issue from others.

Happy Geek Pride Day!

Geeks, freakazoids, nerds, dweebs, it’s that time of the year again: May 25th i.e., International Geek Pride Day!! Here are some snapshots of the Geeks at Pythian celebrating in style today.

My SLOB IO Testing Index

As SLOB takes the IO testing on Oracle Instance level, you need to watch for several things before you declare official testing results. My suggestion is: Don’t take any result for granted. You need to assess those before stating that you are done.

My First Experience Running SLOB – Don’t Repeat My Errors (AWR)

If you are wondering what I have been busying myself with, this post explains it. As you may have noticed, I am still testing one of the Oracle systems using the SLOB framework and learning on my way. I ran several tests with the same parameters (Readers 24) and noticed that for one reason or another awr.txt reports different runtimes.
I was wondering why I was getting inconsistent runtimes for similar conditions. The answer to the mystery was very simple: The runit.sh script just generates awr.txt reports for the last and before last awr snapshots.

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